Purser's swipes ; small beer : so termed on board the king's ships, where it is furnished by the purser.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Swipe (?), n. [Cf. Sweep, Swiple.]


A swape or sweep. See Sweep.


A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.

Swipes [in cricket] over the blower's head, and over either of the long fields. R. A. Proctor.

3. pl.

Poor, weak beer; small beer.

[Slang, Eng.] [Written also swypes.]



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Swipe (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swiped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Swiping.]


To give a swipe to; to strike forcibly with a sweeping motion, as a ball.

Loose balls may be swiped almost ad libitum. R. A. Proctor.


To pluck; to snatch; to steal.

[Slang, U.S.]


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